The most important trading floor for any trader, individual or professional, is the five-inch trading floor between his or her ears. Having the proper mindset and controlling emotions is critical to making good decisions under the pressure of the markets and ultimately to trading success. It all comes down to discipline. We need to know why we are executing a particular trade, when to stay in, and more importantly when to get out of a trade for maximum profit or minimum loss. A solid trade plan is the foundation for disciplined execution in every trade. When I flew fighters in the U.S. Navy we planned everything -- from a simple 45-minute maintenance flight to a 7-hour combat mission. We executed our missions based on a solid plan. Every mission had an objective, and sometimes multiple objectives, and we had a tight plan to support the overall strategy that resulted in us being tasked with this mission. These plans spelled out exactly how we intended to achieve each objective and included specific courses of action or "tactics." The team at Fox3 Options learned how to plan and execute near flawlessly in the most hostile of environments -- combat. All of us at Fox3 Options were trading before we joined the Navy to fly fighters, so when we went to Wall Street to trade we were ready for the combat of trading. We applied the same planning, risk management, and superior execution disciplines that we used flying fighters in combat to our trading with incredible success. Wall Street "titans" like to pretend that they know what combat is and even Hollywood plays off this. In Wall Street, Gordon Gekko tells his young prodigy Bud Fox that he needs to read Sun. Gekko quotes, "Every battle is won before it is ever fought." It has been reported that at the height of the financial crisis for the fourth consecutive day, investment bankers filed into the New York Fed. "I don't think I can take another day of this," a Goldman Sachs ( GS) banker told Lloyd Blankfein as they got out of the Goldman car.